Bycatch News

A second round of funding is now available to support competitive proposals focused on documenting or reducing marine mammal bycatch in non-US fisheries. 

The Global Bycatch Exchange is pleased to announce the first round of grantees for the Global Fund for Marine Mammal Bycatch Solutions



Our gear team has been awarded a grant from NOAA's Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program to evaluate offshore ropeless gear for reducing whale entanglements in pot fisheries

New funding opportunity to support testing of bycatch reduction devices and techniques in developing country fisheries.

Consortium Director Tim Werner and industry member Patrice McCarron gave invited presentations at a west coast meeting on whale entanglements organized by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission.

Canadian authorities report an unprecedented spate of right whale deaths from the Gulf of St. Lawrence

We are seeking proposals to develop a 3/8” diameter endline with 1700lb virgin breaking strength that is comparable to those currently used in northwest Atlantic lobster pot fisheries. 

Jeffry Fasick of University of Tampa and colleagues show North Atlantic right whales perceive their prey using vision at multiple ocean depths.

A recent article by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation covered proposed measures by the Canadian Government to mitigate deaths to right whales from fishing gear entanglement. In the article, Consortium Director Tim Werner discussed the prospect of ropeless fishing, in which surface lines and buoys might be submerged near the seafloor with crab, lobster, or fish traps to reduce entanglement risk.